Place:Warmsworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates53.5°N 1.18°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inSouth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoDoncaster Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which it was a part until 1974
Doncaster (metropolitan borough), South Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974

NOTE: There are a number of Yorkshire places with similar names. Specifically Wadsworth near Halifax, Warmfield near Wakefield, Wayworth in the North Riding, and Wadworth near Doncaster.

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Warmsworth is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in South Yorkshire, England. It had a population of 3,855 in 2001 and 3,887 at time of the 2011 Census. The village lies along the A1(M) Doncater Bypass and the A630. The River Don runs adjacent to Warmsworth, as well as the train line from Doncaster to Sheffield.

Warmsworth is bounded by Doncaster and the civil parishes of Sprotbrough, Edlington, Conisbrough, Cadeby and Balby. It lies 3.9 miles (6.3 km) from the centre of Doncaster. Warmsworth is within the catchment area for Warmsworth Primary School and Sir Thomas Wharton Academy.

Historically, Warmsworth was an ecclesiastical parish in the lower division of the wapentake of Strafforth and Tickhill. From 1894 until 1974, Warmsworth was located in Doncaster Rural District.


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Until 1974, Warmsworth was part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, when it then became part of the new county of South Yorkshire. Warmsworth was mentioned in the 11th century Domesday Book, a detailed survey and valuation of all the land held by the King William I and his chief tenants. At this time it was recorded as Wemesford. The name gradually changed to Wormsford, and then to the present day Warmsworth. It has been suggested that "ford" indicated that it was close to the river's edge, and the "Wemes" or "Worm" meant the most sheltered site in that area.

The church is a rectory, dedicated to St Peter, in the deanery of Doncaster. Also known as The White Church, it was consecrated in 1942 to replace a small early 19th-century church on a different site. The church was designed after a period which the rector had spent in California, and his experiences there influenced the whitewashed brick appearance of the building.

Warmsworth was the home of the Quaker Thomas Aldham, who was instrumental, with George Fox, in founding the nearby Balby meeting (congregation). The parish included Carr House, where Leonard Childers bred the famous racehorse Flying Childers.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Warmsworth. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Warmsworth provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Warmsworth.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to three maps for what is now South Yorkshire, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. These maps all blow up to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding 1888. The "Sanitary Districts (which preceded the rural districts) for the whole of the West Riding.
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding South 1900. The rural and urban districts, not long after their introduction. (the southern part of Bradford, the southern part of Leeds, the southern part of Tadcaster Rural District, the southern part of Selby, Goole Rural District, and all the divisions of Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield)
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding 1944. The urban and rural districts of the whole of the West Riding after the revisions of 1935.
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